Summary: The Secretary of Education (Secretary) gives notice of the closing date for receipt of State applications for fiscal year 1998 funds under the State Student Incentive Grant (SSIG) Program. This program, through matching formula grants to States for student awards, provides grants to students with substantial financial need. The SSIG Program supports Goals 2000, the President's strategy for moving the Nation toward the National Education Goals, by enhancing opportunities for postsecondary education. The National Education Goals call for increasing the rate at which students graduate from high school and pursue high quality postsecondary education.
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[Federal Register: February 23, 1998 (Volume 63, Number 35)]
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Department of Education
Office of Postsecondary Education; State Student Incentive Grant
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
[CFDA No.: 84.069]
Office of Postsecondary Education; State Student Incentive Grant
AGENCY: Department of Education.
ACTION: Notice of the Closing Date for Receipt of State Applications
for Fiscal Year 1998.
SUMMARY: The Secretary of Education (Secretary) gives notice of the
closing date for receipt of State applications for fiscal year 1998
funds under the State Student Incentive Grant (SSIG) Program. This
program, through matching formula grants to States for student awards,
provides grants to students with substantial financial need. The SSIG
Program supports Goals 2000, the President's strategy for moving the
Nation toward the National Education Goals, by enhancing opportunities
for postsecondary education. The National Education Goals call for
increasing the rate at which students graduate from high school and
pursue high quality postsecondary education.
A State that wishes to receive SSIG funds for this fiscal year must
have an agreement with the Secretary as provided under section 1203(a)
of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA). The State must
submit an application through the State agency that administered its
SSIG Program as of July 1, 1985, unless the Governor has subsequently
designated, and the Secretary has approved, a different State agency.
(20 U.S.C. 1070c-2(a).)
The Secretary is authorized to accept applications from the 50
States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico,
American Samoa, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands,
the Virgin Islands, and the Republic of Palau. Authority for this
program is contained in sections 415A through 415E of the HEA. (20
Closing Date for Transmittal of Applications: An application for
fiscal year 1998 SSIG funds must be mailed or hand-delivered by March
Application Form: The required application form for receiving SSIG
funds will be mailed to officials of the appropriate State agency in
each State or territory at least 30 days before the closing date.
Applications must be prepared and submitted in accordance with the HEA
and the program regulations cited in this notice. The Secretary
strongly urges that applicants only submit information that is
Applications Delivered by Mail: An application sent by mail must be
addressed to: Mr. Harold McCullough, Acting Chief, Grants Branch, Room
3045, ROB-3, U.S. Department of Education, Student Financial Assistance
Programs, 600 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20202-5447.
The Secretary will accept the following proof of mailing: (1) a
legibly dated U.S. Postal Service postmark; (2) a legible mail receipt
with the date of mailing stamped by the U.S. Postal Service; (3) a
dated shipping label, invoice, or receipt from a commercial carrier; or
(4) any other proof of mailing acceptable to the Secretary of
If an application is sent through the U.S. Postal Service, the
Secretary does not accept either of the following as proof of mailing:
(1) a private metered postmark; or (2) a mail receipt that is not dated
by the U.S. Postal Service. The Department of Education encourages
applicants to use certified or at least first-class mail.
A late applicant cannot be assured that its application will be
considered for fiscal year 1998 funding.
Applications Delivered by Hand: An application that is hand-
delivered must be taken to Mr. Harold McCullough, U.S. Department of
Education, Student Financial Assistance Programs, 7th and D Streets,
S.W., Room 3045, General Service Administration Regional Office
Building #3, Washington, D.C. Hand-delivered applications will be
accepted between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. daily (Eastern time), except
Saturdays, Sundays, and Federal holidays.
An application that is hand-delivered will not be accepted after
4:30 p.m. on the closing date.
Program Information: Section 415C(a) of the HEA requires that an
annual application be submitted for a State or territory to receive
SSIG funds. In preparing the application, each State agency should be
guided by the table of allotments provided in the application package.
State allotments are determined according to the statutorily
mandated formula under section 415B of the HEA and are not negotiable.
A State may also request its share of reallotment, in addition to its
basic allotment, which is contingent upon the availability of such
additional funds. In fiscal year 1997, 48 States, the District of
Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Guam,
the Trust Territory of the Pacific Island (Palau), and the Commonwealth
of the Northern Mariana Islands received funds under the SSIG Program.
Applicable Regulations: The following regulations are applicable to
the SSIG Program:
(1) The SSIG Program regulations in 34 CFR part 692.
(2) The Education Department General Administrative Regulations
(EDGAR) in 34 CFR part 75.60 through 75.62 (Ineligibility of Certain
Individuals to Receive Assistance), part 76 (State-Administered
Programs), part 77 (Definitions that Apply to Department Regulations),
part 79 (Intergovernmental Review of Department of Education Programs
and Activities), part 80 (Uniform Administrative Requirements for
Grants and Cooperative Agreements to State and Local Governments), part
82 (New Restrictions on Lobbying), part 85 (Governmentwide Debarment
and Suspension (Nonprocurement), and Governmentwide Requirements for
Drug-Free Workplace (Grants)), and part 86 (Drug-Free Schools and
(3) The regulations in 34 CFR part 604 that implement section 1203
of the HEA (Federal-State Relationship Agreements).
(4) The Student Assistance General Provisions in 34 CFR part 668.
For Further Information: For further information contact Mr. Mike
Oliver, Grants Branch, U.S. Department of Education, Student Financial
Assistance Programs, Washington, D.C. 20202-5447; telephone (202) 708-
8242. Individuals who use a telecommunications device for the deaf
(TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-
877-8339 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m., Eastern time, Monday through
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diskette) on request to the contact person listed in the preceding
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(Program Authority: 20 U.S.C. 1070c-1070c-4)
Dated: February 12, 1998.
David A. Longanecker,
Assistant Secretary for Postsecondary Education.
[FR Doc. 98-4384 Filed 2-20-98; 8:45 am]
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